“Tilgul ghya god god bola.”…That’s how we have greeted each other on a particular day of January since childhood, right? Yes, it’s Makar Sankranti we are referring to here. It is the day when everyone, young and old, exchange sweets made from til (sesame seeds) and gud (jaggery) and urge everyone to speak sweetly.

The expression basically calls everyone to bury enmity and work towards peaceful coexistence.

Ever wondered what the festival is all about? Makar Sankranti is celebrated by the same name or Uttarayan in Western India, as Lohri in Northern India, Bihu in the East and Pongal in the South. It is predominantly a harvest festival that celebrates the winter harvest. Along with this, it also marks the beginning of longer days and is dedicated to Surya, the Sun God.

Makar Sankranti is more of a seasonal observance than a religious festival. Delicacies are prepared from seasonal harvests throughout the country as part of the celebration. It also
calls for social gatherings where people get together to fly kites.

The religious angle of the celebration cannot be ignored altogether. The rituals involve taking holy dips in rivers like the Ganges, Godavari etc. Considered an important day for spiritual practices, it is also believed to bring in peace and prosperity. The festival also marks the beginning of the Kumbh Mela in the North and the end of the austere pilgrimage of Shabrimala in the South.

We, the entire Goel Ganga team, wish that the coming year is filled with peace and prosperity for you and your loved ones.

Tilgul ghya, god god bola…!